July 19, 2011
The rugged, rocky, sandy desert landscape of the west coast of Yemen is visible in this near-vertical view, photographed from the Earth-orbiting Space Shuttle Atlantis during the STS-110 mission. The southern portion of Kamaran Island, the largest Yemen-controlled island in the Red Sea, appears in the image. The island is 11 miles (18 kilometers) long and 4.5 miles (7 kilometers) wide. Coral reefs surround three sides of the island. The Isa Peninsula, which is visible near the center of the image and extends eastward, is also barren and sandy. The darker areas seen on the peninsula are scrub brush regions near the coastal shores. The Al Salief Port area near center has a small runway and is a staging area for visits to Kamaran Island. According to meteorologists studying the STS-110 photo collection, the climate of the region is hot and very humid.